Colouring and wellbeing
Colouring has always played a very important role in keeping children entertained - both at home and out and about - through traditional colouring books, sheets, games and even just plain paper with crayons. So how does colouring help adults?
Whether you're a habitual doodler or not, it's been discovered that doodling and colouring have many positive health benefits - and that applies to adults, too!
The act of colouring in has been proven to be a form of adult stress relief. This is because it calms the part of the brain which deals with feelings of stress and fear and instead stimulates the parts responsible for creativity and logic.
Traditional colouring in books aimed at children have come a long way since their first invention in 1879. And now there are a multitude of colouring for adults and colouring for teens books on the market today, with many featuring mandala designs and patterns. Perfect for de-stress colouring!
Mandalas: Super colouring book - Ultimate relaxation and stress reliever for adults, £6.88, Amazon
Or how about this for stress relief colouring whilst chilling on the sofa in the evenings?
Colour & learn world map square pillowcase, £16.95, eatsleepdoodle
Another of the benefits of adult colouring is that the act of colouring has been shown to be a great alternative to meditation. This is because colouring helps to ‘turn-off’ the brain and calm the mind - something that is often a struggle when performing other types of meditation.
There is also evidence that creative colouring and doodling for adults can help improve focus and encourage creativity - which is why adult colouring books are becoming a favourite among business executives in high-stress industries and creative professionals.
Our doodle pencil case is an ideal de-stressor in the workplace – practical storage for office essentials and perfect for notes and doodles!
Doodle pencil case, £12.50, eatsleepdoodle
Another positive to adult colouring is its social potential. It's no surprise that group colouring is becoming ever more popular because of the relaxing and non tasking elements that come with it; colouring and wine nights are a popular get-together option for busy mums!
Our world map table cloth is perfect for social colouring with any age group, and great fun for all the family and friends, too!
Colour & learn world map tablecloth, £22.95, eatsleepdoodle
Or if you fancy being a little more creative then why not opt for our freestyle grid print doodle tablecloth! With its soft grey graph paper print, it's the perfect background for all your thoughts, words and design ideas.
Doodle tablecloth, from £35.00, eatsleepdoodle
Best benefit of all: colouring is just the best fun! Everyone can do it, everyone can enjoy it and it's a great way of unwinding after a long day at work or taking care of the kids! Colour and Relax!
None of these benefits are adult-exclusive: they all apply to children, too, along with lots more developmental bonuses. Whether it’s to help refine their motor skills and vision or calm and relax them, the benefits of doodling and colouring are so positive for children.
The motions and actions necessary for a child to complete a colouring include precise wrist, finger and hand motions. Vision improves, too, through hand-eye coordination - being able to colour in successfully requires a coordination between what children see and do, especially if the child is learning to colour within the lines.
All the colour in textile gifts in eatsleepdoodle’s ‘colour & learn’ range are perfect for mindfulness colouring for kids as well as being educational and encouraging them to find out more about everything they are colouring!
Colour & learn space explorer pillowcase, £14.95, eatsleepdoodle